Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Download the iHEARu app today!

The iHEARu mobile app uses crowd-sourcing to help you find locations with noise levels that suit your needs. If you're looking for a quiet eatery, bar or cafe the iHEARu GPS will help you find it. If you're looking for public or commercial spaces that offer assistive listening options, our mobile app can locate those too.
This just in from iHEARu:

Calling all Hearo's

Our San Francisco campaign is in FULL SWING! Go out and take readings during San Francisco Restaurant Week, January 22nd - 31st, to be eligible for cash prizes, physical prizes, and social media shout-outs!

We will be making contributions to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) AND to Chefsgiving proportional to the number of recordings taken during the week, no matter where the recording is taken. That means that taking a recording in Seattle or Boston can help towards San Francisco's recording goal! 

Not only can you win prizes and help donate money by taking recordings this week, but the data collected from this endeavor help a greater noise mapping project that benefits countless others.


Still need help taking a recording or want to learn more? Have no fear! Check out http://www.ihearu.co andwww.ihearuapp.com for captioned video links explaining how to take a recording in real time.

We're sending a rallying cry to local HLAA chapters, audiology students, and citizen scientists like yourself to get involved.

Join them and check us out on our social media platforms to stay up to date on our movement.
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Monday, January 29, 2018

Chapter Logos


We understand that there have been problems with chapter logos, especially when using them in publications. We are working on updating all of the Chapter/State logos so that you are able to use them. We hope this change will address existing problems like legibility of chapter names and font sizing. 

Please hold off on any major printing you might have planned to do with the current logo (brochures, signs, table cloths, etc.) If necessary, you can use logos that are available now, but keep in mind that they will be changing. We will let you know as soon as updated logos are available. 


Monday, January 22, 2018

Chapter Updates - January 2018

Chapter and State Logos Now Available
The moment you've been waiting for! Chapter and State logos are now available on hearingloss.org. Find your logo here

If you do not see your logo, this could be because your chapter is listed as a support group with the organization. Support groups do not have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and are not permitted to brand themselves using the HLAA logo. Contact me directly at emirante@hearingloss.org if you are an officially recognized HLAA chapter and your logo is not listed on the page.

We ask that when using the logo, please adhere to the Logo Guidelines and Policies document. For help and assistance with your logo, email webteam@hearingloss.org. 

HLAA2018 Call for Papers and Awards
Attending HLAA2018 and interested in presenting a workshop? The Call for Papers deadline for the State/Chapter room at this year’s Convention has been extended to Friday, January 26. 

Awards nominations are also being accepted until Friday, January 26. If you have someone you know who deserves recognition, don’t miss out on the opportunity to nominate them for a Chapter/State Award! After Friday, January 26 we will no longer accept awards nominations. Find more information below.

HLAA Awards - Deadline extended to Friday, January 26
Call for Papers - Please contact me directly for information on how to submit a workshop proposal by or before Friday, January 26

Receive Lists Automatically
HLAA will provide a mailing list of members to chapter and state leaders who have submitted the HLAA List Use Agreement Form. Chapter and State Organizations now have the opportunity to automatically receive a monthly report based on criteria from submitted List Use Agreements. If you would like to receive an automatic, monthly report from the HLAA national office every month, please let us know. Reports contain important information on new and renewing members, and provide a way to keep membership within chapters as current as possible as well as to identify other HLAA members living close to your chapter or state organization.

Contact chapters@hearingloss.org if you would like to automatically receive reports. If you do not already have a List Use Agreement on file with us, please submit this with your request for a monthly report. If you are unsure if you have submitted a List Use Agreement already, let us know and we will check our files. Please keep in mind that the criteria you use when submitting your List Use Agreement for monthly reports is the same criteria we will use on each report. If you would like to see criteria changed on your report, you will have to submit a new List Use Agreement.

UMP Participants Please Verify UMP Reports
If you have not done so already, please take a moment to verify the information in your UMP report to account for new and renewing HLAA members from 9/01/2017-12/31/2017. This email was sent on Friday, January 12 with the subject line “X Chapter Unified Membership Report – December 2017”. 

We ask that you reply to this email and:
· Review the UMP report and please reach out to me with any questions.
· Confirm the mailing address to mail the check.
·Reply the email to me no later than Friday, January 26 confirming that the report, check amount, and mailing address are all correct. We will not be able to mail you your check without this confirmation.

If you have not received UMP emails from me, please contact me directly ASAP.

Thank you for all that you do!
Erin Mirante
National Chapter Coordinator

Friday, January 19, 2018

Message from the Executive Director

Message from the Executive Director
  •         Unified Membership Program
  •         CART for Chapters
  •         New Logo and Brochures

Dear Chapter Leaders,

For those chapters who participate in the Unified Membership Program, there is a recent change in the revenue-sharing portion. We piloted the program in 2014 to share revenue with chapters and to give you a recruitment tool. We knew that we would have to evaluate and test it along the way.

The percentage of revenue shared was not equal for all membership levels; therefore, to make it simpler and equal, we instituted a 20 percent revenue share rate effective January 1, 2018.  This keeps our record keeping simple across the board. There has been no increase in membership rates.

As all of our chapters participating in the Unified Membership Program know by now, rebate rates are changing beginning in 2018. A full breakdown of rates has been provided to every participating chapter in the program along with final membership reports for 2017. These reports were sent out via email on Thursday, January 11.   

We apologize if you believe you were not notified earlier of this change. We try our best to communicate, but with people getting their news by different methods, we don’t always reach everyone.

Please encourage people to subscribe to this blog for a one-stop chapter news source. It’s easy, just sign up and no login needed. When news is posted it is delivered to your email address.

Our intention is to never keep our chapters in the dark, and definitely not to limit the resources we are able to offer you on the national level. For additional questions, please contact National Chapter Coordinator Erin Mirante at emirante@hearingloss.org.

What’s to Come?
We are working with the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) on a program that will provide CART to HLAA Chapters at a greatly reduced rate. We have a meeting with NCRA next week. More details to come.

New logos: Our designer is working on getting all the chapter logos prepared. Stay tuned for updates. When we have new brochures printed we will send each chapter a small supply compliments of CapTel who is sponsoring this outreach to HLAA Chapters. For now, please use the supply you have even if it’s the old logo. This is a phase-in period.

Thank You
That is one expression I don’t say enough. You reach places we can’t from Bethesda. On your own time, and with your passion and energy, you make your communities better places for people with hearing loss.

With Appreciation,
Barbara Kelley
Executive Director

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